Singapore : A 54-year-old suspended Indian-origin lawyer has been accused of allegedly slapping a woman on her cheek and making obscene remarks at a temple on South Bridge Road in Singapore. Ravi Madasamy was charged in four cases in state courts on Saturday. These include voluntarily causing hurt, slapping the woman on her left cheek in public at Sri Mariamman Temple at 12 noon on Friday.
The other two charges against Ravi are under the Protection from Harassment Act, reports The Straits Times, adding that the lawyer is also accused of making obscene remarks and using obscene language. Before calling another woman in the temple a prostitute, Ravi had used abusive words while shouting obscenities in Tamil at a person in Pagoda Street with the intention of harassing her. Ravi, who has two other similar charges pending against him, was sent to a mental health institution on Saturday for medical examination.
He will appear in court on September 29, The Times reports. On July 12 this year, he allegedly slapped Selvaraja T Muniyandi on his left cheek and shouted at him around Yio Chu Kang MRT station. Ravi, who has been practicing for 20 years, is currently serving a maximum five-year suspension sentence for making ‘serious and baseless allegations of improper conduct’ against officials of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Law Society. Indecent comments were posted on the socio-political website, The Online Citizen and Facebook after an appeals court overturned his client’s death sentence in 2020.
In December 2020, he was charged with criminal defamation of Indian-origin Law Minister K Shanmugam, but the Attorney-General’s Chambers later withdrew the charge and Ravi was given a conditional warning, Channel News Asia reported. He has been subject to several sanctions for his conduct as a lawyer, the report said, including a 2007 suspension for unruly behavior with a judge and a two-year suspension for baseless allegations against a fellow lawyer. Includes a prohibition on applying for a practicing certificate.